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Coach Excited By Darts’ Development

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Following the standard of darts at the on-going 17th National Sports Festival, Chief Coach of darts in Ondo State, Olu-femi Fabode has said that the game is fast growing in the country.

He made the remark yesterday during one of the matches at the Port Harcourt Club venue,

According to him, the  sport which was introduced barely six years ago is now growing rapidly in the nation, saying that, some states have been forging ahead despite the odds.

“Ondo State has been able to have an academy where young players are groomed, they are now doing well, unlike some other states that came with older players who have been so long  in the game. Just like in football, where you have tired legs, we also have tired hands in darts,” he noted.

He maintained that the competition was okay, adding that more younger players should be encouraged to come into darts and disclosed the readiness of Ondo to recruit younger talents and groom replacement for aging players.

“State coaches need to go to the grassroots not the secondary school level, pick darts players and develop them in the game, he urged.

He noted that the younger ones now phasing out the older ones believing that it was time for the older ones to leave the stage for the up coming ones.

Speaking on the fate of Ondo State on the game, Fabode, said that the game has been good so far as Team Ondo has been able to pick one bronze medal.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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